Port Ludlow, Washington — The 2010 primary election in the state of Washington will be held August 17. Recent poll numbers indicate Republican candidates are catching up with the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Patty Murray.
Republican Candidates Jostle for Position in the Primary
Even though the polls are contradicting, the numbers are encouraging for Republican Party leaders and the nearly dozen Republican candidates who have expressed an interest in running for the Senate position. Dino Rossi, an uncommitted potential candidate at this time, has the highest numbers for the Republicans in the polls and could be a strong contender.
In a potential match-up between Murray and Rossi, Rasmussen shows Murray leading by only 2 points, 48 percent versus 46 percent. The survey was taken May 4. Another poll, the Elway Poll, here at pollster.com, contradicts the Rasmussen poll and shows Sen. Murray leading a potential election match-up with Rossi, 51 percent versus 34 percent. Either way, Washington State Republican leaders are becoming anxious for Dino Rossi to make a decision, according to the Seattle P. I. political blog: “Republican: ‘Dino has hurt us all.’ “
Incumbent Sen. Patty Murray Ramps Up Campaign
In the meantime, on the Democratic side, Sen. Patty Murray is ramping up her political machine for a fourth-term bid. Elected in 1992, Sen. Murray was the first woman from Washington State to serve in the United States Senate. This year she completes her third consecutive six-year term and is the fourth ranking member of the Senate.
Benefits of Voting for the Incumbent
I am a lifetime Washingtonian and have voted in every election since 1971. I take the responsibility seriously and study the issues and candidates’ platforms before casting my votes. It is very likely that I will be casting my vote for Sen. Patty Murray in the primary election. There is always room for change, if unexpected circumstances arise. But I am pragmatic and recognize the value that an incumbent brings to an election: Seniority, experience, voting record and organization. As long as Sen. Murray demonstrates a continued desire to serve the constituency, I am willing to give her serious consideration for re-election.
Seniority Counts. Murray has been in the U. S. Senate since 1993. She has worked her way into the upper echelon of the Senate, ranking number four. There are those who would argue for term limits. My position is that term limits already are set for the U. S. Senate: open elections every six years. If the incumbent is not qualified or shows cause for removal, that is what the election process provides. Otherwise — as long as the seniority system is in place — re-election can benefit the constituency. It is a pragmatic viewpoint, based on reality. I use it as one of several factors when considering the viability of a candidate, including Sen. Murray.
Sen. Patty Murray sits on an impressive number of Senate Committees:
Appropriations Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies. She also serves on the subcommittees for: the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Energy and Water Development; Labor, Health and Human Resources, and Education; Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security.
Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Committee on Rules and Administration
Joint Committee on Printing
Democratic Leadership – Conference Secretary.
Go here for more information about Sen. Murray’s committee assignments.
Experience Counts. The longer a U. S. Senator serves, the more experience he or she develops. I have had the benefit of assistance from Sen. Murray’s office, and can tell you first hand that experience counts.
In 1993 I was writing grants for a local non-profit organization. I felt that the organization was qualified to apply for a special Federally-funded grant. I Contacted Sen. Murray’s and Sen. Cantwell’s local offices to discuss the matter and to get their opinion. Both offices sent out regional representatives to review the project. It was the second year for Sen. Cantwell, and they offered the best advice they could. However, Sen. Murray’s office had ten years experience and was much more thorough. As it turned out, our organization did not meet qualification for the grant, but Sen. Murray’s office was able to give us advice and contact information that lead to private grant funding. My organization and I benefited from the decade of experience from Senator Murray and her staff.
Management Organization Counts. I have been a business manager for forty years, and I appreciate the value of a well managed organization. Over the last ten years I have observed Sen. Murray at press meetings, campaign rallies and debates. I am always impressed with the organization behind her and the resulting accessibility to her. Further, her website is active and current. As a constituent, I appreciate the ability to received frequent updates and news Emails for Senator Murray’s office. I may not always agree, but at least the open communication helps me to understand the reasoning behind the Senator’s decisions and votes.
Voting Record Counts. I feel that every voter should be well informed about a candidate’s voting record. Senator Murray’s voting record can be found here on her website.
To review the legislation she has sponsored, go here to the website. A list of cosponsored legislation can be found here.
From a personal standpoint, I have followed Sen. Patty Murray’s record regarding the Health Insurance Reform Bill, Medicare initiatives, education and children’s issues, community development and Block Grants, rural jobs investments, and the aerospace industry.
I do not always agree with all the Senator’s actions, but I believe that she and her staff continue to be sincere in serving the citizens of Washington State. Taking together her seniority, experience, organizational management and voting record, Sen. Patty Murray will be my choice in the 2010 Washington State U. S. Senate Primary Race.